Hewlett-Packard

Jodie Fisher: Mystery Woman in Hurd Scandal Steps Forward

New details in the unfolding Hewlett-Packard saga. Actress Jodie Fisher has stepped forward as the contractor in question in the sexual-harassment allegations brought against the company’s ex-CEO Mark Hurd—revelations that ultimately led him to resign Friday. Fisher, 50, says that she was contracted “to work at high-level customer and executive summit events held around the country and abroad.” Earlier this year, her lawyer brought sexual-harassment charges to H-P's attention, but Fisher says "I have resolved my claim with Mark privately, without litigation, and I do not intend to comment on it further," adding “I was surprised and saddened that Mark Hurd lost his job over this. That was never my intention.” Sources close to the case say that no money was paid to Fisher as part of the settlement. In a memo to employees, interim CEO Cathie Lesjak explained that Hurd’s relationship with Fisher, who worked for the company between 2007 and 2009, “instituted a conflict of interest,” and that he “failed to maintain accurate response reports, and misused company assets.” Hurd is said to be receiving a $28 million severance package.